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Dozens of birds fall from sky, trees in Winnipeg neighbourhood

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Take cover: birds were falling from the sky in Winnipeg's North End Wednesday afternoon.

That was the scene described by witnesses on King Street, as approximately 60 common grackles were found dead on a sidewalk next to the Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre.

The bizarre situation happened at around noon, as passersby watched the birds tumble out of  chokecherry trees.

"Never seen anything like this before," said Ramadan Sakoli, who works at City Bread bakery across the street from where the birds were found. "I don’t know what happened. Someone said they saw birds falling out of the tree so I came out to see.

"It’s strange. I don’t know what’s causing them to die like this."

Cameron Vonau, who works for Sherwood Forest Tree Services, a company that is contracted by the city to help with the removal of dead animals and road kill around the city, wasn’t sure how the birds were killed.

His best guess: poison.

"Sometimes people put out rat poison and the birds get into that," he said. "That would be my first guess as to what happened here."

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Updated on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 2:18 PM CDT: Corrects headline, adds picture.

4:41 PM: Corrects type of bird.

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